Metropolis (Lang, 1927): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm
This screens as part of the Prince Charles Cinema's Classic Films season. Details here.
Chicago Reader review:
'Fritz Lang's 1927 silent epic about class struggle in a city of the 21st
century still has a lot of popular currency, but it's never been a
critics' favorite. This 124-minute version is the longest since the
German premiere, and the unobtrusive use of intertitles to fill in the
blanks makes it more coherent. The restoration clarifies the
relationships among the hero (Gustav Fröhlich); his late mother, who
died giving birth to him; his father, the ruler of Metropolis (Alfred
Abel); and the father's bitter romantic rival (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), an
inventor who creates a robot in the mother's image. Later the robot is
upgraded to impersonate the hero's heartthrob (Brigitte Helm), a radical
preacher who helps organize the city's exploited workers. The film
looks fabulous, and Gottfried Huppertz's original score is another
Here is the trailer.